Fraser's shootout goal sinks Ramblers
AMHERST - Dana Fraser's goal in the shootout was the winner as the Truro Bearcats eked out a 3-2 win over the Amherst Ramblers in MJAHL action at the Amherst Stadium last night.
Fraser's goal was the only one in the shootout as the Bearcats picked up their third win of the season in seven tries against Amherst. Pierre Alexandre Marion solidified the win when he stopped Rambler defenceman Eric Boudreau with the last shot of the shootout.
"I felt we played an excellent game. The boys played a solid 60 minutes and battled throughout," Rambler coach Corey Crocker said following the game. "To take one of the best teams in the league to a shootout on the last game before the Christmas break, I'll take that."
Tyson Aalders forced the game into overtime when he scored four minutes into the third period with Andrew Oakley and Derek Smith adding assists.
Neither team could score in overtime resulting in the shootout.
"I'm so happy for Tyson. He's been working hard all season and making such a great contribution. It's nice to see him get that first goal," Crocker said.
Amherst controlled the flow in the early part of the game taking a 10-1 advantage in shots in the early stages with Pierre Alexandre Marion playing strong between the pipes for Truro.
"We peppered him with shots the whole game. He's a major junior goalie and was the difference. We had plenty of opportunities to score just as they had plenty of opportunities to score on our goalie," he said.
While Amherst enjoyed the early momentum, it was Truro who scored first with Ben Dempsey stealing the puck at his own blueline and breaking in untouched on Rambler goalie Andrew Flemming to score a short-handed marker at the 17:57 mark.
Doug Doyle tied the game, scoring short-handed at 6:30 of the second period with Smith and Brent Lynch adding assists.
Fraser restored Truro's lead later in the period setting the stage for Aalders' tying goal.
"I was pleased with how the boys battled back. One of the things I want of this hockey team is to be a third period team and I think we showed that tonight," Crocker said.
Amherst outshot Truro 39-29.
The Ramblers are now idle until Saturday, Jan. 5, when they resume play at home against the Charlottetown Abbies.